XTERRA Malta is the first in the European Xterra Race Series and set in the beautiful nature reserve of Majjistral. The crystal blue waters of Golden Sands Bay, the breathtaking cliff-edge trails and the family atmosphere that the organisers bring to this tough challenge make this one of the most talked-about multi-sport races on the calendar. Following the regular XTERRA distances but also including a (half) sprint distance, for all to experience the amazing scenery of Mediterranean Malta. The swim portion of the triathlon features a 1.5km triangular swim on a 750m course, which requires a mass start and mid-way land sprint on the Golden Sands bay for two loops. The 30km mountain bike course is a two-loop 15km route that passes through the Miżieb woodland area and alongside cliff edge trails in the Majjistral Park. This Natura 2000 site is a stunning natural reserve and habitat to some of Malta’s and the Mediterraneans indigenous species of plant, insect and birds. The 11km run is a two-loop 5.5km route on the Ġnejna plateau, overlooking Ġnejna and Riviera Martinique bays. These two smaller bays are some of the most photographed natural beauty spots on the island and the run route looks over these bays on cliff-edge trails 200m up. The route has some technical descents, but is mainly flat, supported by hydration stops backed by 15th Century watch towers. Pro athletes compete for a prize purse of US $7,500 at the Malta event, while amateurs race for national titles and coveted slots to the World Championships in Maui.